JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A firey Mf on tap, I enjoyed this at Maproom and later in the bottle. Clear browninsh-red, no head to speak of from bottle or tap. Firey throughout, peaty in the middle, flowery at the finish.
Dorqui (2113) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense and adherent foam, much persitent. Auburn dark color, loads and much effervescent. Medium scent, much alcoholic and sweetened. Sweet taste with strong notes of caramel and liqueur. Extinguished and lightly thick. Much full bodied and fort, decidedly excessive. Persistent caramelís finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle. Not much to say about this one...I found it to be nearly identical to the regular version...a touch sweeter...and still a lot of alcohol.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a small, fading head, leaving lots of sticky lace. Toasty, toffeeish, alcoholic aroma, along with raisins, spices, and spicy hops. Very strong alcoholic flavor; however, the alcohol does not detract from the taste. Lots of raisiny flavors also present with a full, sweet maltiness and christmas cookie spices. Burns on the way down, but also leaves pleasant aftertastes. A nice beer that I enjoyed after a night of writing, though very strong (which, I admit, I needed at the time). Could use aging -- but Iím not sure that will cure it from its alcoholism.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Fruity floral hop aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, with notes of mild fruits, strong hops and a strong alcohol burn, leading to a dry toffee finish. The carbonation in the body feels somewhat forced. A decent brew but not very balanced.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bit darker than itís sister brew (Bush/Scaldis) with very nice spice overtones. Itís body more than carries its strength, and its flavor makes it a superb winter warmer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orang/Brown Coloring. Big Creamy Frothy Head. Prunes/Raisins, Barley and Rich Aroma. Bread Dough, Rich Malty Tones...Barley and More Prunes and Raisins.. Very Nice.
Crockett (1012) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours orange with lost of sediment in suspension. Very hoppy and beaming with alcohol. Orange juice, vodka, and yeast. Oh my. On a whole; lots of punch, not very round, fun. Not bad.
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and drinkable. Reminds me of an english barleywine. Toffee, Rasin and Maple flavors, some sherry in the nose but very little in the way of fermentation characteristics. Warming and rich, this was a great beer to curl up with one one of the final days of winter. Lots of particulate matter in the bottle.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well done soft and complex while hiding the 12%. Rich maple and pralines with a touch of grassy ho resin. Somewhat bready and creamy with a semi-sweet candy note. Clean and balanced.